Local Hero: Kathleen Bitetti
Local Hero:Kathleen Bitetti
Short Bio: I was born in Boston and live in Boston. I am a daughter, sister, sister in law, neighbor, practicing visual artist, curator/art administrator, public policy nerd, activist, advocate, suspected art ninja, and a celebrated banana bread baker. More info: www.kathleenbitetti.com
Who has been your most influential mentor? There has not been only one and there are just too many influential mentors for me to list that were and are important in my life.
How did you get where you are today? From many people believing in me, helping me, and being supportive of me. Plus I have an amazing family and network of wonderful friends.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Making art and policy.
What about this city inspires you? The city’s walkability, its ocean/waterfront, its history and the people who live here.
Finish these sentences:
Boston should be…a leader in public art of all kinds and in cutting edge public policy for the 21st century.
Boston could be…more of a national and international force and a leader in the areas of arts, culture and the creative economy.
Boston wants to be…the Athens of America and now has the political will to reach that goal due to a new mayor at the helm who has central to his vision- the support and growth of Boston’s artists of all disciplines, arts, culture and creative economy.
Boston needs …more affordable housing (rental and to own), more coops of all kinds, more work only spaces for artists of all disciplines (studio, theater space, practice space), more people buying art from Boston based artists and Boston galleries, and more support and investment of Boston’s artists run organizations and the city’s small to mid-sized arts organizations who help to make our city come alive.